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United’s next star is already in the ranks

Although I have written about James Wilson before, I couldn’t let the chance of writing about his recent performance in an U-21 game at Wolves pass

The game was switched from Telford back to Molineux, giving the young lads an opportunity to play at a proper League stadium instead of some of the non-league pits they play on.

Wilson was back in the team following a bout of illness, an illness that has subsequently kept him out of games since

The game was barely 10 minutes old when United had a glorious chance to open the scoring. The excellent Ben Pearson won a tackle he looked second best for, broke into the Wolves box, sidestepped a defender and played an inch perfect pass for Andreas Pereira who was unmarked about 10 yards out. Somehow, Pereira rushed his shot and scuffed it harmlessly wide of the goal, a really poor attempt by a very skilful player.

He showed what great skill he does possess a short time later when he broke forward and into the box, very tightly marked by 5 defenders who surrounded him. He twisted and turned, dragged the ball back with his studs and somehow found room to dig out a curling shot that looked destined for the net but drifted just wide. It would have been a contender for goal of the season had it gone in.

The next chance fell to Wilson after Saidy Janko had beaten the full back for pace and hit a low cross perfectly for the onrushing Wilson, on his favourite left foot, but his crisp shot was pushed away by the Wolves keeper.

The first half finished goalless but that was soon to change once Wilson got going.

The ever improving Joe Rothwell played the ball to Wilson, tightly marked and with his back to goal about 30 yards out. He turned on a sixpence, strode forward and with no backlift hit a shot across the baffled keeper and into the bottom corner. It really was a goal out of nothing but something he has done many times before.

Soon after, Pearson played a ball into Wilson, in the area but a defender was between Wilson and the net. No problem for this boy, his deft left foot touch left the defender well beaten and he smashed a right foot shot into the net, all too quick for the keeper who never moved. It sounds a simple goal but the execution of the goal was superb.

He wasn’t finished yet and when Janko got into the area and his cross was only deflected straight to the unmarked Wilson, he made no mistake by hammering another right foot shot past the bemused keeper.

The game finished 3-0 but it was the master class of goalscoring for which the game will be remembered.

I cant stress enough how much I rate this lad. I’ve seen dozens of young forwards over the last 25 years of watching the Youth team and none have come close to making the impression on me as Wilson has.

Of course he is far from the finished article but I am judging him on where he is now in his footballing education and the progress he has made over the last couple of years. He still needs to put some meat on his bones and maybe improve his passing but if he can carry on as he has, and stay clear of injuries, I am certain we are looking at a Manchester United first team player of the future.


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161 Comments

  1. WeAreUnitedd says:

    THESE BTSPORT commentators ARE CRAZY

    they say Silva was level when CLERLY AND BLATANTLY it is obvious that Dzeko assisted Silva who was OFFSIDE

    IMAGINE if it was us. they would be CALLING our heads.

  2. Gary Mitrovic says:

    3-1 City thankfully. These are desperate times when you’re relieved to see City regain the lead just to stop Liverpool winning the title. I still actually think Liverpool are gonna do it though.

  3. samuel - united WE stand says:

    The_red_devils – am I reading it right? Opik is comparing the stifling, stagnant and unprogressive football moyes had for the 11years he spent at everton of which he won NOTHING and never showed a philosophy that suggested he ever will win anything (unlike martinez, pochettino, laudrup etc) to a successful diego simeone who has puahed an athletico team who are good but not great howevee due to simeone’s winning mentality and philosophy, they’ve gone up another level. Nothing athletico do or any top side in europe is similar to the mediocre junk moyes has put out through out his managerial career and to think someone can claim his ideas at everton should be transfered to united is bemusing.. Did moyes win anything with his ideas?

  4. samuel - united WE stand says:

    The_red_devils – am I reading it right? Opik is comparing the stifling, stagnant and unprogressive football moyes had for the 11years he spent at everton of which he won NOTHING and never showed a philosophy that suggested he ever will win anything (unlike martinez, pochettino, laudrup etc) to a successful diego simeone who has pushed an athletico team who are good but not great however due to simeone’s winning mentality and philosophy, they’ve gone up another level. Nothing athletico do or any top side in europe is similar to the mediocre junk moyes has put out through out his managerial career and to think someone can claim his ideas at everton should be transfered to united is bemusing.. Did moyes win anything with his ideas?

  5. Gary Mitrovic says:

    WeAreUnited, every team wants it to be worth their while if they’re going to sell one of their best players. Everton got £27 mill for Fellaini and If Southampton see us willing to pay that for Fellaini then they will dig their heels in and demand an over the top transfer fee. It’s just the way the market is and I wouldn’t blame Southampton for asking for silly money.

    Like I said yesterday though I don’t think Lallana is top of the list of priorities. Good player no doubt, but other positions in the team need addressing first and fore most.

  6. WeAreUnitedd says:

    @samuel

    Opikin is explaining some thigns well BUT as you put

    Moyes was given the champions of england who are top2 contenders and turned them into 7th,

    I would understand IF Moyes took us from 5th to second but from 1st to 7th?

    BTW @samuel what do you think, should we go for Lallana? and if we go for him, who should we sell, Young of course but who else?

  7. WeAreUnitedd says:

    @gary

    no of course, FIRSTLY get those 2 midfidlers, whoever it is, buy them Kroos Carvalho etc JUST GET THEM;!

    after that BUY a LB, then concetrate on something els.e

  8. Gary Mitrovic says:

    I think Young will still be here next season. Young will definitely not want to leave and I don’t see Moyes putting him on the transfer list without players lined up in the wide areas. Young will have to be content with being a fringe player at United. He should most definitely not be starting regularly and pretty much everyone would agree that. Don’t get me wrong though I would prefer it if Young was moved on.

  9. WeAreUnitedd says:

    @Gary

    don’t say that, dont EFFIN say that, I can’t stand Young playing for Manchester United and taking spots from youth and punting the ball

    he’s such a bad player, only is taking wages 130k a week and doing nothing

    Dont’ say that mate. I’m crying. I hope Moyes is smarter than that.

  10. Gary Mitrovic says:

    WeAreUnited, I don’t want him here mate don’t worry about that! But if I had to bet where he is next season I would put my money on him still being here.

  11. OpikBidin says:

    WeAreUnitedd
    Because Moyes is forced to do something he doesn’t want, playing the formation that won’t win, which is the result of our star players presence.

    The_red_devils
    Have you ever seen Atletico Madrid play? have you seen How Diego Costa play? a battering Ram, a defensive forward, and also score goals. look how Atletico Madrid setup, 2 banks of four, compressing and covering space, being defensive, attract the opposition to attack, they also tackle a lot, the highest in laliga, and when the ball has been recovered, they do longpasses, wingplay, with Diego Costa as their pivot.

    Atletico Marid players are better than Everton, that is why they can be compete with barca and Real Madrid. Just imagine where would be if Moyes carries his own ideas first and adjust it a little bit? maybe we won’t be 7th, we would be higher, at least 3rd or 4th.

    This season has seen how the “United Way” under SAF has been a failure. SAF that fails to use Veron and Kagawa properly. Now it’s up to Moyes if he want to continue or revert back once RVP-Rooney are healthy.

    It’s interesting to see.

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